The stage 2 from the Sonora Rally was supposed to have a total of 541 km – 286 on the chronograph and 255 of liaison but was shortened by the organization, who also postponed the start due to “unforeseen circumstances and to ensure maximum safety for competitors”. There was hard navigation and many traps on a very demanding track.
Ricky Brabec was today the fastest rider from the Monster Energy Honda Team. The American was third on the second stage held today between Hermosillo and Puerto Peñasco. After arriving, he asked for a general check of his bike after listening some strange noises already in the liaison. In consequence, the team decided to replace the engine – which resulted in a 15-minute penalty. With this result he steps down in the overall ranking 14th place. Brabec is a record holder from the Sonora Rally with four victories,
Pablo Quintanilla is now ranked 3rd in the overall standings with a 4:56 minutes gap, Adrien Van Beveren 6th with a delay of 7:41 minutes and Nacho Cornejo 13th overall with a 18:34 minutes gap.
The Sonora Rally left today the bivouac in downtown Hermosillo for the beach camp in Puerto Peñasco, where sandy tracks and the beaches of the Sea of Cortez awaited the competitors.
For tomorrow, stage number 3 will consist of a circuit with start and arrival in Puerto Peñasco with a 350 km of special stage and a liaison of 116 km. The “menu” for the riders won’t be much different from today. Again there will be quite a variety of terrains, with gravel tracks, sand and chott. Low humidity and high temperatures – up to 35ºC – will continue to demand a lot from the rider’s physique.
Provisional Standings on Stage 2 Sonora Rally
|1||Sanders Daniel||4||AUS||Gas Gas Factory Team||Gas Gas||01:28:08|
|2||Schareina Tosha||68||SPA||Honda Team||Honda||01:29:23|
|3||Price Toby||18||AUS||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||01:31:07|
|4||Evan Branch Ross||16||BWA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||01:32:18|
|5||Quintanilla Pablo||7||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||01:32:29|
|6||Benavides Kevin||1||ARG||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||01:33:01|
|7||Benavides Luciano||77||ARG||Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||01:33:01|
|11||Van Beveren Adrien||42||FRA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||01:34:15|
|13||Cornejo José Ignacio||11||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||01:34:36|
|19||Brabec Ricky||2||USA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||01:45:26|